Most trainers struggle to come up with fun warm up games. That’s why I want to give you 12 unique bootcamp ideas. Fun warm up games are a great way to super charge the atmosphere at the your camp and start things off with a bang.
These particular fun warm up games come after the pulse raiser & mobility segment because they’re slightly more intense. So, I’ll lay the foundations by giving you 2 fun pulse raisers (dynamic warm ups) that will get the body ready for for action.
Winners Circle: Mark out a large circle. The first player to complete 8 laps wins. Here’s the catch.
- Players are only allowed to walk fast and not run.
- Before each lap players complete 10 alternate lunges, 10 squats & 10 push ups.
- After each lap players find a partner and play 1 game of paper, rocks, scissors until 1 player wins. The winner sets off on the next lap. The loser completes 10 power jacks before setting off on the next lap.
Volume Control: Mark out a large circle and set players off jogging slowly.
- Minute 1: Each player works at 25% effort
- Minute 2: Each player works at 50% effort
- Minute 3: Each player works at 75% effort
- Minute 4: Each player works at 100% effort
- Minute 5: Each player works at 50% effort
During the challenge flip a coin at random points and ask players to shout heads of tails. Players that guess correct carry on running, players that guess wrong complete a quick 2 burpees at the centre of the circuit.
For more dynamic exercises to use in your warms ups, here is a fantastic article write by Yuri Elkaim over at www.yurielkaim.com titled 12 Crucial Dynamic Warm-up Exercises to Do Before Your Workout
10 Fun Warm Up Games
The following bootcamp class ideas are super very flexible, meaning you can switch out my exercises, increase the time/reps and adapt them to suit you. As I said earlier, these fun warm up games are a little more intense, which is why they come after the 2 pulse raiser drills described above.
1. Beat The Clock
You can create many different fun warm up games using this concept. The idea is to customise the game depending on the objective of your session. For example. If you’re conducting a strength workout using equipment (I.e. kettle-bells) and targeting the lower body, you can slot in the relevant exercises in preparation for the task ahead.
Method: Give your clients a set time to complete a task. I.e. You have 12 minutes to complete 100 repetitions of 3 different exercises. If over half of your group complete the task in time the trainer completes 20 burpees. If less then half complete the task in time, they complete 20 burpees. Knowing the trainer could face a forfeit is great motivation to work hard.
2. Swap Destruction
AMRAPS are so versatile. You can use them to conduct a short warm up, or as part of a bigger more intense workout. Here’s a little twist to get the most from your AMRAP.
Method: Players complete a 10-minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible). Players swap scores and go again. The goal is to beat your partners score.
Fun Warm Up Games Using Coins
3. King of The Castle
There are so many bootcamp drill ideas using coins. Here’s just one of them. You can play multiple fun warm up games by switching out the exercise. It’s simple, fun and effective.
Method: Complete 100 push ups and flip a coin after every 10. Each time you flip a heads complete 10 burpees. The first player to complete the 100 push ups wins. That was round 1. Play as many rounds as you like by switching out the exercise for each new round. You can design tons of group fitness class ideas using this simple format.
4. Build Your Own Tabata
Giving your clients control over what exercises they choose is a great way to spice up a traditional Tabata workout. Although these types of bootcamp drills are not classed as fun warm up games, they’re fun in a different way as you’ll see.
Method: Write 10 exercises on something players can see. Each player chooses 5 exercises to complete for 4 minutes (20 work, 10 rest). To make it more intense focus on a single body part. I.e. Upper body exercises. You could even show 10 burpee variations.
5. Partner Burn Out
Partner exercises are a great way to get your clients interacting and getting to know one another. There are limitless fun warm up games that can be created using this format.
Method: Show the group 3 partner exercises set at 20 reps each. Players have 15 minutes to complete the 3 partner exercises with as many people as possible. Each pair they complete the drill with is worth 1 point. Player with the most points wins.
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6. Silly Sprints (Lay out 20m shuttle sprint)
HIIT drills are notoriously hard, so here’s how to spice it up using 2 decks of playing cards. This is one of favourite fun warm up games thats easy to play and always gets people working hard. They all want to win.
Method: Each player collect a playing card from the trainer and completes the value of the card in shuttle sprints (face cards are worth 11). Players repeat this process until all the cards are gone. The player with the most cards once the decks is gone wins.
7. Legs On Fire
Fun warm up games don’t have to be easy. You can use this next drill to create an intense bootcamp workout routine that will finish every session with a bang. You can create many different workout variations by using different bootcamp exercises, and changing up the reps.
Method: Complete 150 squat jumps without stopping. Each time you stop to rest even for a second, complete a penalty of 5 burpees. The penalty acts as a great incentive for your clients to work much harder than they usually would.
8. True or False
Whether you run indoor bootcamp circuits or train outside, this next drill will fit perfectly in to your workout routine. You can create limitless bootcamp ideas with this one drill by changing the questions. You can find 100’s of true or false question online for free.
Method: 2 Cones. Write true on one and false on the other. Ask the group a true or false question then ask players to stand by a cone. Players that choose the wrong cone complete 5 burpees. Play 10-15 rounds in quick succession. You can stick with burpees or have a list of pre written bootcamp exercises to work through.
Fun Warm Up Games In Partners
9. Partner Smash
An effective workout formula I sometimes use is to start with a fun partner drill then finish with 2 circuit training workouts. Workout formulas are great for keeping your workouts constantly awesome. Here are a couple more that work well.
- Fun warm up game, AMRAP, EMOM, point based finisher drill
- Chipper workout, HIIT sprints, ladder drill, team game
- WOD, timed run, team game
There are tons of fun bootcamp games you can design with this next partner drill by switching out the exercises. If you have enough to go around consider using kettle-bell exercises to boost variety.
Method: In partners, complete 100 burpees between you taking turns 1 at a time. After every 20 reps sprint out 100m and back running together. Play 4 games in total. After each game switch to a different exercise and ask players to switch partners.
Fun Warm Up Games Pick of The Week
I’ve chosen this warm up game because it’s easy to remember and super fun
10. Red or Black (deck of cards)
There are endless fun warm up games you can create using a deck of cards, and this is probably the east to remember. If you ever have those days when you’re not sure what to finish your session with, use this.
Method: You’ll need a pack of well shuffled playing cards. Ask a player at random to guess the colour of the top card. If they guess wrong the group completes 5 burpees. Play 52 rounds in total which will complete the entire deck. After each round ask a different player to guess.
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